Talking aquatic upgrade

Great video.

Strong Swimmers, Confident Kids from J Saunders on Vimeo.

This is the time to plan for spring swim lessons. In summer, it is sorta too late. Let’s get our kids strong, and strong in the water.

In Pittsburgh, we’re blessed as we have the pools. Next, we need to keep up demand and get time in our week to use them.

See you Saturday.

Deb Sagan asks: Staying warm? How about a warm pool?

Replace running Saturday morning in 12-degree temperatures on January 7, 2016, by going to to Oliver High School pool (Brighton Rd.upper Northside) for a stroke clinic and swim work out from 9:00-11:30.  Or come to swim!

Sponsored by Mark Rauterkus, man of many swim events!  Mark sponsors many water polo teams and swimming events in the Pittsburgh area. A donation to his efforts would be nice, but otherwise my time is complimentary for YOU!

I will complete a Coaches’ Eye individual video analysis of your swimming stroke, and I will provide tips to increase your balance, streamline and body position.  There will also be time for a New Year’s swim workout!! If you spread the word, just have them email me. Waiver’s will be on site.

Please RSVP, reply to me, or text me, if you are interested so that Mark and I know who to expect. If you have a time in mind, we will be going on about 15 min, increments starting at 9:15, 9:30,9:45,10:00,10:15 so indicate a time in your RSVP. Group Swim will start about 10:45. This schedule is flexible, subject to change depending on everything! I will confirm with you,  contact me before Saturday.

See you Saturday?

Warm regards,
Deb Sagan, M.Ed. Level 2 TI Coach

Oliver High School: 9:00-11:30 am, Brighton Avenue above the Northside. Tip: Park in the lot near the loading dock. The pool is close to the gym and then down the stairs.

Water polo launch pad and deep-water swimming happens a couple weeks later

“Well begun is half done.” — Marry Poppins

Nearly 60 students jump into the pool on the first day of Pittsburgh Public Schools’ Summer Dreamers at Swim & Water Polo. The students get to perform in an routine that we call a “Show Off Swim.”

Lots are afraid on the first days as many of the students do not get to the swim pool that often. Our class is filled with beginners. The transformation into aquatic athletes starts with a parade shown in the video below. Do your best to swim across the pool, climb out, walk back to the start and try again. If you can’t swim, fake it, or else walk, run and hope.

Show us the best you’ve got. Get across the pool. Swim freestyle. Stay off the bottom. Close your lips. Float. Kick. Use your arms. Pull. Keep going. Try. All the way. Head down. Hold your breath. Go. You can do it too.

Summer Dreamers offers 27 days of “summer school.” The students get to swim every day, if things go as we hope. A few weeks later, all the kids are swimming across the deep end. They learn a life-skill. We have fun.

The progress and achievements that these kids earn for themselves in this program is hard to describe to the typical, non-swimming, school district bureaucrat.

In Later Weeks: Game on!

Swimming on the weekends and a skill for life

Swimming is a good thing

 

Proposal for Swim & Water Polo for Summer Dreamers 2017 has been submitted

In 2016, the contract for Swim & Water Polo from Pittsburgh Public School was for 47 students. That was about 25% of the contract for 2015.

In 2017, the aim is to get more sites, more students and more water polo.

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Planning and proposals are being crafted for activities for Pittsburgh Public Schools’ Summer Dreamers Academy. Early feedback may arrive in January.

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Swim & Water Polo, always one of the most popular activities among students, gets everyone into the pool every day. If you can’t swim, you’ll learn. We improve our strokes, abilities and all become deep-end swimmers, divers and real aquatic athletes. Play various aquatic games, especially SKWIM and Olympic water polo. Zoom ahead in your fitness, strength, teamwork skills and have fun.

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Rohan, Toby and swimmers with Swim & Water Polo at PPS Summer Dreamers at Highland Park Pool.

Open Water Swim Seminar at our Saturday Swim School with expert coach, Joella

Calling all open water swimmers, coaches, varsity swimmers interested in open water swimming, and triathletes, of course. We are going to do our first SEMINAR at the Saturday Swim School and devote a three-hour session to skills and insights associated with open water swimming.

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This is the first time we’ve been able to a introduce a new partnership with Joella. Not only is she a great triathlete, but she is a coach and director of a youth triathlon team that aims to expand with activities in the city of Pittsburgh.

In the summer of 2016, a few of the city kids were able to join in with the open water swims hosted at Moraine State Park. A former Schenley and Obama swimmer, Jonnah, was also able to race in the sprint triathlon in September too. Next year, we want to be going north for open water swims and triathlons by the van and bus loads. But, it starts now, here, on November 5. We need to gain the knowledge, insights, and confidence of how it works to swim in the open.

Space is limited to 20 people. Sign up now with an email.

As a bonus, stick around after the session ends at 1 pm to learn and play Underwater Hockey to 1:45 pm. So, if you have a mask, snorkel and fins, bring them.

As a triple bonus, show up at 8 am to play the aquatic game of SKIWM. That happens from 8 am to 10.

Feel free to pass the word. Copy this URL, http://cloh.org/wp/archives/682.

Handouts and Invites

For South Side POPS and posted to Facebook:

Join Coach Mark of the Obama swim team at the Obama swim pool from 7 to 9 PM on Wednesday (Oct 26) for special community open swim and water polo practice to celebrate the re-opening of the Obama swim pool and the pending start of the high school and middle school swim seasons.

Students, parents, swimmers and even friends and families are welcome to bring their suit and towels to the pool to take a dip, get a few pointers and consider the benefits of aquatic fitness.

Pool party, 7 to 9 pm on Wednesday. Jump in. Feet first!

For those at the Sarah Heinz House:

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For students at Arsenal Middle School:

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For those who were a part of Summer Dreamers Swim & Water Polo

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Saturday Swim School poster at Oliver High School
Pittsburgh is a swimming town.

For students at Langley

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For Students at Sci-Tech

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For Students at Obama

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For Tiger Water Polo Players in grades 6, 7 and 8

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General Handout to anyone in Pittsburgh

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For High School Swimmers at Brashear, Carrick and Allderdice

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For varsity swimmers, triathletes, high school athletes at Central and elsewhere

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For Triathletes, Pittsburgh Triathlon Club, any swimmer looking to do Open Water Swims in the future, Coaches and Future Leaders in Outdoor Settings

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